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Offenbach: Orphee Aux Enfers / Minkowski, Dessay, Fouchecourt

Offebach / Minkowski,Marc
Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 48233   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Véronique GensLaurent NaouriYann BeuronJean-Paul Fouchécourt,   ... 
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera OrchestraLyon Opera ChorusGrenoble Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a 2 CD set with a bonus CD-Rom containing a libretto and synopsis.

"Both the 'earthly' leads are superb: Natalie Dessay's secure, clear coloratura is well employed as the nagging wife, Eurydice, and one fells genuinely sorry for her hapless husband, Orphée, amiably characterized by Yann Beuron...From the opening bars, Minkowski's approach is apparent in the sparkling, crystal-clear textures, and he propels the opera along at a tremendous pace and with a bouncing rhythmic bite, matched by the exceptionally lively cast."

-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 edition] Reviewing EMI 56725
This is a 2 CD set with a bonus CD-Rom containing a libretto and synopsis.

"Both the 'earthly' leads are superb: Natalie Dessay's secure, clear coloratura is well employed as the nagging wife, Eurydice, and one fells genuinely sorry for her hapless husband, Orphée, amiably characterized by Yann Beuron...From the opening bars, Minkowski's approach is apparent in the sparkling, crystal-clear textures, and he propels the opera along at a tremendous pace and with a bouncing rhythmic bite, matched by the exceptionally lively cast."

-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 edition] Reviewing EMI 56725
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Works on This Recording

1. Orphée aux enfers by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Véronique Gens (Soprano), Laurent Naouri (Bass), Yann Beuron (Tenor),
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Tenor), Ewa Podles (Mezzo Soprano), Patricia Petibon (Soprano),
Jennifer Smith (Soprano), Lydie Pruvot (Soprano), Steven Cole (Tenor),
Etienne Lescroart (Tenor), Virginie Pochon (Soprano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano),
Sharman Plesner (Violin)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus,  Grenoble Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858/1874; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 110 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Zany, Uproarious Performance- A Real Delight January 22, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "It wasn't only Richard Wagner who could send his operatic characters into the underworld to do the business of the gods (i.e.- Wotan and Loge in Das Rheingold). Jacques Offenbach, the irrepressible 'Frenchified' German does the same thing in his looney operatic satire on classical mythology, although in his case, instead of only 2 grim Germanic characters, he sends the entire Olympian cadre. In a lighthearted tornado of plots, intrigues, lust, and morally dubious shenanigans, the supposedly secure infrastructure of the mythical Olympian divinities is torn completely apart and exposed as a hotbed of hypocrisy and double-dealings. This opera is downright hilarious and has no pretensions to profundity in any respect- that's why it's so fun to listen to. Marc Minkowski's forces of the Lyon National Opera combine with a fine cast of singers to produce a thoroughly risque' reading of Offenbach ingenious operatic take on the legends of mythology. Risque' is close to the mark here; I think only the French have the moxie to allow a nearly R-rated cover image to grace the CD set. Enjoy!!" Report Abuse
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